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Lynda Arnold

Lynda Arnold, RN, BSN, MBA, was one of the first health care workers to go public after her occupational infection with HIV by an accidental needlestick in 1992. She successfully launched a nationwide campaign for safer needles in hospitals and medical facilities which resulted in the passage of federal legislation mandating the use of such devices in facilities nationwide to protect all health care workers from accidents such as hers. For many years she was a sought-after speaker on living with HIV/AIDS as well as health care worker safety issues, and she traveled the globe educating others. She garnered many awards, national distinctions, authored two children's books, and was the subject of an award-winning documentary. After the birth of her youngest son, Lynda chose to step away from the public eye and focus on raising her young family without the spotlight. As a blogger for TheBody.com, this marks her reentry into the public eye -- 20 years after her infection. She can be reached for further engagements, commentary and questions through her email.

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The Day My AIDS Dementia Diagnosis Went Away

Lynda Arnold recounts how a diagnosis of AIDS Dementia Complex impacted her life and the journey that led to the day she was handed back the keys to her life.

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Gender Inequality and HIV in South Africa: Learning From Dr. Wendee Wechsberg of RTI's Global Gender Center -- A Blog Entry by Lynda Arnold Img
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Gender Inequality and HIV in South Africa: Learning From Dr. Wendee Wechsberg of RTI's Global Gender Center -- A Blog Entry by Lynda Arnold

Just back from a conference on gender inequality, HIV, drug use and violence, Lynda Arnold senses that real change is in the air, thanks to people like Wendee Wechsberg, Ph.D., of RTI International.

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Hanging on for the Ride: A Blog Entry by Lynda Arnold

Between quitting cigarettes, an adherence breakthrough, preparing to send one child off to college and see another get engaged: Blogger Lynda Arnold has had a wild start to 2015. "Life will keep moving along and I'll just be hanging on for the ride,...

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Shaking It Off This World AIDS Day: A Blog Entry by Lynda Arnold Img
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Shaking It Off This World AIDS Day: A Blog Entry by Lynda Arnold

"Hatred comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be overt or clandestine. It can come at you when you least expect it. I think you just have to know who you are, accept and love yourself and like the song says dance and shake it off."

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Amid HIV Stigma and Negativity, Celebrating the 'Lollipops and Butterflies'

I know I've been blessed with quite a few angels on my path of life that have helped me to see my 'Lollipop and Butterfly' moments with clarity.

By Lynda Arnold